Notes: The 2004 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure & problems with the stereo backlight failing. We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 90,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000. Transmission failure has been a huge problem for the Accord & several other Honda models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accord as a class action lawsuit settlement, but owners of other Accord model years with transmission problems are out of luck.

The stereo backlight problem has been an issue ever since these Accords were only a few years old. Honda eventually issued a recall which covered the repair for 7 years/100k miles, which was nice while it lasted but now that period is over. Honda initially replaced the entire radio ($800) but eventually began replacing just the PCB which at ~$300 is much cheaper. That sounds like a deal, but keep in mind we're talking about a backlight bulb that costs $2 to fix in most other cars.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 082008

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Received a safety recall notice from Honda with the title: "2004-05 Accord driver's seat position sensor harness replacement" called dealership to schedule appointment and no hours available on weekends to perform maintenance. My job during the week prevents me from being able to have the work done. Need to have completed on weekend. Dealership is "rensselaer Honda, 770 hoosick road, troy, New York 12180" phone number: 518-279-1171.

- Averill Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 182008

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
Drivers side, side curtain airbags deployed for no apparent reason while driving 45 on a rural road. Slight bruising on my arm and ear ringing occurred along with some stress added to 3 year old and wife with concerns about future and random airbag deployments.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 282005


  • miles
2004 Honda Accord LX involved in a T-bone accident on the driver side door and the driver side air bag did not deploy. The truck was going approximately 40 mph when it struck the car. The outer door cover was ripped off of the door and the re-enforcement bars were pushed in.

- Linthicum, MD, USA

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